I have promised to produce a design for the flyer for the next Creative Arts Hub exhibition at Mirfield. This is going to be a challenge for me! Whatever skills I possess in art, they definitely don't extend to design. I have an image in mind of a bank of flat screen TVs with our artistic director Mark Milnes in silhouette operating a remote control. Each artist will be represented on a different TV. I must chase up some of the artists who have not yet given me their jpegs. Will probably pick the TV spots at random, and hope that by chance my own work DOES NOT take centre stage. It might work, but the idea is landscape and flyers are mostly portrait. Early eighties David Bowie videos come to mind. It'll be ambiguous because you will be guessing if he is turning the artworks on or off. I hope I'm up to it. If it looks crap they won't ask me again ...
The exhibition starts Mid November and lasts a couple of months.
In the interests of print quality I've been searching for RIP (Raster Image Processor). They re not cheap, and I spent weeks looking at a lot of them, and in the end opted for Posterjet based on a positive FLAAR report.
My printer is a supported model, and the installation went fairly well, but I couldn't see my various papers listed there. So, I called support and the recommendation was that I print out test charts and purchase printer profiles for 30 euros per paper (the first three being free). In my studio there are a dozen rolls of canvas or of paper, and I'm looking up at them with trepidation!
The team in Germany have been very supportive, in fact they phoned me and talked me through the options and settings. and now I'm looking for a decent photospectrometer with a view to making my own profiles. I want to experiment with different media, and I can't stand to be restricted to just a few brands.
Quality is everything. I've seen some really terrible exhibited prints, and I'm determined to make the best...
£80 Soak Stain (Oct 2017). Quite a large print supplied without a frame. It's a very imposing 24" x 34" Signed on the front, signed and titled on the back. Laughably small edition of just 20 prints...
I get by.. that's about the limit of it. I can spend months struggling with code and brushes and layers, and then somehow the penny drops, and I realise there was a much easier way. I worry about it for half a second and then move on. I'm always on the edge of something, but never quite there!
A few years ago I was working in an operating theatre, and the guy in charge there - an ODA - got wind that I was interested in photography. He said to me what would you do if your camera meter failed. How would you estimate your exposure? I struggled a bit with the answer, and after heckling me for a while he said, just take a reading from the back of your hand. I'd sold thousands and thousands of pictures up to this point, but he had me beat..
If you corner me with questions about Photoshop, or Illustrator I'll most likely be just as lost, but I can get where I want to be, and I enjoy the unpredictable. Now and then I see an image in my mind, and work towards it, but more often than not the image comes to me.
Here's someone who knows what he's on about, and he says it so well too. Stumbled on this blog, and I like the kind of wonder that he portrays. Check it out: https://www.ctrlpaint.com/blog/
How amazing is this? I'd lost the link but I found it by googling:
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This is Glass Bike (Oct 2017) ... Only 20 copies !!